Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest
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|Member station||SRG SSR|
|National selection events|
|Appearances||62 (51 finals)|
|Highest placement||1st: 1956, 1988|
|Nul points||1964, 1967, 1998, 2004 SF|
|Switzerland's page at Eurovision.tv|
| For the most recent participation see|
Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022
Switzerland has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 62 times since making its debut at the first contest in 1956, missing only four contests, in 1995, 1999, 2001 and 2003. Switzerland hosted the first contest in 1956 in Lugano, and won it. Switzerland won the contest again in 1988, with the 1989 contest being held in Lausanne.
Lys Assia won the first contest in 1956 with the song "Refrain". She returned to place second in 1958. Switzerland would go on to finish second with Esther Ofarim (1963) and Daniela Simmons (1986) and third with Franca Di Rienzo (1961) and Arlette Zola (1982), before winning the contest for the second time in 1988 with Celine Dion and the song "Ne partez pas sans moi". Annie Cotton gave the country its 15th top five result in 1993, when she placed third.
Since the introduction of the qualifying round in 1993, Switzerland has entered the top ten only four times. Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Switzerland have failed to reach the final in 11 of 19 contests. Switzerland returned to the top five for the first time in 26 years when Luca Hänni gave the country its 16th top five result by finishing fourth in 2019, followed by their 17th top five finish, when Gjon's Tears placed third in 2021.
Switzerland had been absent from Eurovision four times since their participation began in the first contest. These absences, in 1995, 1999, 2001 and 2003 were caused by poor results in previous contests that led to relegation.
A mix of different selection processes have been used to determine Switzerland's entry in each year's contest. Since 2019, SRG SSR has used an internal selection process, although televised national finals were used in previous years, held under various names including Concours Eurovision from the 1950s to 2000s, and Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow between 2011 and 2018. In the 1980s, the Swiss national finals tended to have ten participating songs each year: three in French, three in German, three in Italian and one in Romansch.
Switzerland has four official languages, French, German, Italian, and Romansh. For decades, the song requirements stated that the song had to be performed in a national language, which gave Switzerland leeway as they could perform in any of the four languages. Out of their 60 appearances in the contest, Switzerland has sent 61 songs, 24 of which were in French, 12 in German, 15 in English, 10 in Italian and 1 in Romansh. Both of Switzerland's winning songs have been sung in French.
|Entry selected but did not compete|
Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest
|Entrant||Song||Language||At Congratulations||At Eurovision|
|Céline Dion||"Ne partez pas sans moi"||French||Failed to qualify||10||98||1988||1||137|
|1956||Lugano||Teatro Kursaal||Lohengrin Filipello|
|1989||Lausanne||Palais de Beaulieu||Lolita Morena and Jacques Deschenaux|
Marcel Bezençon Awards
lyrics (l) / music (m)
|2021||Composer Award||"Tout l'univers"||Gjon Muharremaj, Xavier Michel, Wouter Hardy & Nina Sampermans (m & l)||Gjon's Tears||3||432||Rotterdam|
|1996||Rui dos Reis|
Commentators and spokespersons
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|1956||No broadcast||Robert Burnier||No broadcast||No spokesperson|
|1957||Commentary via RTF France||Mäni Weber|
|1962||Commentary via RAI Italy||Alexandre Burger|
|1966||Georges Hardy||Giovanni Bertini|
|1984||Bernard Thurnheer||Serge Moisson||Ezio Guidi|
|1989||Thierry Masselot||Giovanni Bertini|
|1992||Mariano Tschuor||Ivan Frésard|
|1993||Bernard Thurnheer||Jean-Marc Richard|
|1994||Wilma Gilardi||Sandra Studer|
|1995||Heinz Margot||Joanne Holder||Did not participate|
|1996||Sandra Studer||Pierre Grandjean||Yves Ménestrier|
|1997||Heinz Margot, Roman Kilchsperger||Jonathan Tedesco||Sandy Altermatt|
|1998||Jean-Marc Richard||Regula Elsener|
|1999||Sandra Studer||Did not participate|
|2000||Astrid Von Stockar|
|2001||Phil Mundwiller||Did not participate|
|2002||Jonathan Tedesco, Claudio Lazzarino||Diana Jörg|
|2003||Roman Kilchsperger||Jean-Marc Richard, Alain Morisod||Daniele Rauseo, Claudio Lazzarino||Did not participate|
|2004||Marco Fritsche||Daniela Tami, Claudio Lazzarino||Emel Aykanat|
|2005||Sandra Studer||Jean-Marc Richard, Marie-Thérèse Porchet||Cécile Bähler|
|2006||Jean-Marc Richard, Alain Morisod||Sandy Altermatt, Claudio Lazzarino||Jubaira Bachmann|
|2007||Bernard Thurnheer||Jean-Marc Richard (all), Henri Dès (final),
Nicolas Tanner (semi-final)
|2008||Sven Epiney||Jean-Marc Richard, Nicolas Tanner||Sandy Altermatt||Cécile Bähler|
|2011||Jonathan Tedesco||Cécile Bähler|
|2012||Clarissa Tami, Paolo Meneguzzi||Sara Hildebrand|
|2013||Alessandro Bertoglio||Mélanie Freymond|
|2014||Sven Epiney, Peter Schneider, Gabriel Vetter||Alessandro Bertoglio, Sandy Altermatt||Kurt Aeschbacher|
|2015||Clarissa Tami, Paolo Meneguzzi||Laetitia Guarino|
|2016||Clarissa Tami, Michele Carobbio||Sebalter|
|2017||Sven Epiney (all); Stefan Büsser, Micky Beisenherz (final)||Clarissa Tami (all); Sebalter (final)||Luca Hänni|
|2018||Sven Epiney||Clarissa Tami, Sebalter||Letícia Carvalho|
|2019||Jean-Marc Richard, Nicolas Tanner (all);
Bastian Baker (final)
|2021||Jean-Marc Richard, Nicolas Tanner (all);
Joseph Gorgoni (final)
|Clarissa Tami (2nd semi-final and final);
|2022||Jean-Marc Richard (all);
Nicolas Tanner (semi-finals)
Gjon's Tears (final)
|Clarissa Tami (all);
Francesca Marigiotta (1st semi-final and final)
Boris Piffaretti (2nd semi-final and final)
Piero and the MusicStars in Istanbul (2004)
- Switzerland in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest – Junior version of the Eurovision Song Contest.
- Switzerland in the Eurovision Dance Contest – Dance version of the Eurovision Song Contest.
- Switzerland in the Eurovision Young Dancers – A competition organised by the EBU for younger dancers aged between 16 and 21.
- Switzerland in the Eurovision Young Musicians – A competition organised by the EBU for musicians aged 18 years and younger.
- The 1956 contest had secret voting and, apart from the winner, no results were released.
- Contains some words in French.
- According to the then-Eurovision rules, the top ten non-Big Four countries from the previous year along with the Big Four automatically qualified for the grand final without having to compete in semi-finals. For example, if Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the 11th and 12th spots were advanced to the next year's grand final along with all countries ranked in the top ten.
- The 2020 contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- All conductors are of Swiss nationality unless otherwise noted.
- Also conducted the Dutch and German entries.
- Host conductor
- Host conductor
- Host conductor
- Host conductor
- Conducted at the national final by Hans Moeckel
- Also conducted the Luxembourgish entry and half of the Danish entry.
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